Dr Marcus Stephan has been appointed CEO of Nordoff Robbins, taking over from Pauline Etkin OBE, who retires at the end of February.
Stephan will take up his post at on March 1 and will report to Nordoff Robbins’ Board of Governors, chaired by David Munns OBE.
Stephan has worked with a range of organisations in the UK and overseas. He has previously held roles at the British Society for Immunology, Body Positive, WHO Copenhagen and Red Cross.
The new CEO holds a specialist Masters in voluntary sector administration from the LSE, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and the Royal Society of Medicine. More recently, he helped to set up the British Obesity Society and acts as the organisation’s CEO.
Etkin has spent over 30 years with the charity and was awarded an OBE for services to Music Therapy in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
Speaking on the appointment, Atkins said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have worked alongside so many talented people at Nordoff Robbins over the last 30 years. Our clients, carers and the music have been my inspiration. I know I am leaving the charity in Marcus’ very safe hands.”
David Munns OBE, chairman of Nordoff Robbins said “There are many thousands of disadvantaged children and adults whose lives have been transformed as a result of Pauline Etkin's work.
“Pauline's dedication to Nordoff Robbins is a lasting legacy for us all. She is leaving Nordoff Robbins in great shape to take on the challenges ahead and I believe that Marcus, with his strong third sector background, has the skills and expertise to meet those challenges.”